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#soldierporn’s Military Muscle Recognition Review.

The MRAP Original.

Mine-protected, ambush-protected vehicles sit on Forward Operating Base Tagab in Kapisa province. [For size reference, the foreground is an original MRAP vehicle, the background vehicle is a MATV. -R]

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Claire Baker, 18 MAR 2013 @ FOB Tagab, Kapisa, Afghanistan.)

The M-ATV (MRAP ATV): Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle.

A new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, built specifically for the mountainous Afghan terrain, parks on the flight line after arriving by air transport. The initial eight vehicles, the first M-ATVs designated for Southern Afghanistan, will be used to train drivers and mechanics from units selected to receive M-ATVs.

(Photo by Specialist Elisebet Freeburg, 22 OCT 2009 @ Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.)

The MASV: Military Armored Security Vehicle. 

[L] Soldiers of Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, wait to fire their Armored Security Vehicles’ .50 caliber machine guns and MK 19 grenade launchers Feb. 4 at Range 5 here. The range was part of Exercise Raider Focus, the brigade’s month-long training exercise designed to challenge the ability of leaders and soldiers to conduct full spectrum operations as a combined arms team.

(Photo by Specialist Reece Von Rogatsz, 4 FEB 2012 @ Yakima Training Center, WA.)

[R] Military policemen with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, begin mounting the platoon’s new M1117 Armored Security Vehicles during a MK-19 grenade machine gun range here. The unit is one of two on JBLM with the vehicle. 

(Photo by Specialist Kimberly Hackbarth, 4 APR 2011 @ JBLM, WA.)

The Stryker Original.

An Army Stryker from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gets ready for a mission after refueling at Forward Operating Base Sparta. The Stryker unit from the “Arctic Wolves” Brigade made the nearly 400-mile trip from Fort Wainwright in support of a nine-day field training exercise for their sister brigade, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith, 20 JAN 2014 @ JBER, Alaska.)

Stranger Danger: Name That Beast.

[When compared against the others, it becomes readily apparent that what the Combat Camera in Afghanistan labeled a “Stryker” vehicle was in actuality a modified MASV with a turret nest to protect the gunner. Apologies for any confusion – I did spend a few hours thinking the Stryker Brigades had been augmenting with steroids. -R]

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Stryker Convoy from Kandahar Air Field to FOB Spin Baldak in Afghanistan

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RAF Tornado at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan

Night Range

A range safety officer supervises coalition soldiers as they fire their weapons in a marksmanship range on Kandahar Air Field, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 9, 2014. Range safeties ensured that personnel present abide by range safety rules in an effort to minimize risk of accidents. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt Troy B. Tippett/ Released)